13 Fascinating Facts About Me:
1. Despite all my talk about Nebraska, I am actually from western Iowa. I grew up cheering on the Huskers as my dad is from Nebraska and then received my Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from UNL in 2014. Since coming to central Iowa, I have developed a love for SOME Iowa sports teams.
2. I got married in June of 2019 to another meteorologist. (yes, we talk weather at home) More importantly, we have a corgi named Fitz who has stolen the hearts of not only us, but many central Iowans who have come to know him. You can follow him on Instagram (@fitz_corgi)!
3. Central Iowa’s craft beer game is (as the young people say) LIT! My husband and I are HUGE craft beer fans and love hanging out at the local breweries.Feel free to come up and say hello if you see us out and about!
4. Reading is one of my favorite things to do outside of work. I have recently opened up about my mental health on social media, (Check out this link for the full post https://bit.ly/2XT0Ww9) and reading is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress and anxiety. I am a big fan of the Des Moines Public Library!
5. My dad used to make candies during the Christmas holiday and because I don’t get to be home much during the holidays, I started making my own candies. My favorite things to make are cookies, candied nuts, and fudge.
6. I am notorious for eating weird food combos. My favorite combo is mac and cheese, hot dogs, and peaches all cut up into one bowl.
7. I love music as most people do, but my taste in music genre is likely larger than most. Alternative Rock, Electronic Dance Music, 2000s pop, Christian Contemporary, and Country are just my favorite styles of music. If you drive past me in the car, chances are I’m dancing, singing, or both!
8. I am very athletic as I grew up a volleyball player and a dancer. I also took up tennis in high school and it became one of my favorite sports. I don’t play as often as I would like, but when I do I am still as competitive as I was back in high school.
9. I developed an interest in weather when I was 11 years old as a 6th grader. Teaching kids about weather as an adult has become one of the most rewarding parts of my job.
10. Many people ask me where I get my dresses. I’d say 75% of them are from the Amazon-based brand called Homeyee. I seek out good deals, so over 90% of them are under $20.
11. The only other career I wanted to pursue besides meteorology is oceanography. Specifically, I wanted to study sharks. I have always found sharks fascinating, mostly because they’ve inhabited the earth for millions of years! My favorite shark is the great white, but the great hammerhead is a very close second.
12. When I was in college I worked at a CVS. When I was there I learned the art of couponing which has led me to saving tons of money on everyday products.
13. My favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11.

Meteorologist Amber Alexander joined the Channel 13 First Alert Storm Team in December 2015. Before WHO, Amber worked at KNOP in North Platte, Nebraska where she was as a meteorologist and reporter.
Amber earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology/Climatology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a proud Husker. While at Nebraska she served as the secretary of the American Meteorological Society, Activities Director for the Nebraska Storm Chase Team and worked as an intern at the state climate office for two years. Amber first got her on-air experience by broadcasting for UNL’s student run newscast, Star City News. She was also an intern for KETV in Omaha, NE.
Amber has always loved storms, but discovered her new passion for meteorology while simply studying the material in the sixth grade. It was then that she decided she wanted to be a meteorologist.
Since she grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Amber is very happy to be back in Iowa and closer to her family. Although she is not a fan of the cold winters, Amber is excited to be in an area that has all types of weather conditions. However, she is most fascinated by severe weather. During her time at Nebraska she loved to storm chase. She even caught her first tornado in Solomon, KS on her first ever storm chase trip with fellow students in April 2012.
Amber is looking forward to growing in her forecast abilities and providing the best weather report she can for Central Iowa.

Recent Articles
  • Blizzard Warning Northern Iowa Saturday

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 PM Saturday for the southern two tiers of counties plus Adair, Madison, Warren, Audubon, and Guthrie county. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 PM Saturday for the rest of central Iowa, and all of northern Iowa. A Blizzard Warning will go into effect at 6 AM Saturday and last until 6 PM Saturday for Kossuth, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Calhoun County, Webster and Greene Counties. Mega Doppler-S Weather Warnings and […]

  • Winter Storm Will Bring Snow, Ice, Wind and Cold Beginning Friday

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in place from 6 AM Friday until 6 PM Saturday for the southern two tiers of counties plus Adair, Madison, Warren, Audubon, and Guthrie county. A Winter Storm Warning is in place from 9 AM Friday until 6 PM Saturday for the rest of central Iowa, and all of northern Iowa. Fill up the tank and make sure your car is equipped to withstand the potential for snow, ice, and extreme cold. Another winter storm […]

  • Projected Snow Totals Increase for Central Iowa

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 AM Saturday for Hamilton, Hardin, Franklin, Boone, Carroll, Greene, Story, Guthrie, and Adair county 3-5″ of snow are mainly expected Friday afternoon and evening in central Iowa. Some additional light snow is also possible Saturday afternoon/evening. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 PM Saturday for Dallas, Polk, Adair, Madison, Warren, Adams, Union, Clarke, and Taylor, Marshall, Jasper, Poweshiek, Marion, Mahaska, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne, Appanoose, and […]

  • Snow to Impact Iowa Friday During Day and Overnight

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 9 pm for Kossuth, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster, Wright, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, and Grundy county. This is were pockets of 3″+ are possible this afternoon with low visibility due to strong wind and two different bands of snow. Spotty snow showers will continue to move from west to east throughout the afternoon with the first band. Some areas along and south of I-80 could see some light rain to start the event, but […]

  • Icy Roads Possible Friday Morning Into Afternoon

    Freezing rain and snow continue to move from west to east across Iowa today. This is causing a layer of ice to form on some roads. Untreated roads, secondary roads, and elevated surfaces are the most susceptible to icy conditions, but even I-80 near Adair and Guthrie counties is already reporting partially ice-covered roads. This will arrive along the I-35 corridor between 10 and 11 AM.  It will clear I-35 between 1 and 3 PM. Ice accumulation in central and […]

  • Iowans Dealing with Weather Whiplash

    IOWA — After a mild several days in central Iowa, the weather pattern is about to change drastically. A strong cold front will arrive overnight, shifting the wind toward the northwest. This wind will be 20 to 30 mph throughout the day, which will transport a much colder air mass into Iowa. How cold you ask? Well, the day will actually start off way above average with temperatures in the mid 30s for central Iowa. By the afternoon, temperatures will […]

  • Iowa’s Wacky Weather Continues Sunday

    IOWA — What started off as a dreary, cool, and drizzly Saturday turned into a wild hour around 4 p.m. when a brief weak tornado touched down in Guthrie County. Thankfully, since the sun has gone down, the threat for tornadoes has subsided and we are not expecting anymore throughout the overnight. However, the wacky weather isn’t done yet. The back side of the low pressure system that spawned this brief tornado will make its way into central Iowa throughout […]

  • Thanksgiving Weekend Weather Tricky For Iowans

    The winter storm that blew through the state overnight dropped a lot of snow in some areas, with the highest amounts coming in from northwest Iowa. Snow totals: Okoboji 8.5″   Fort Dodge 2.0″ Le Mars 6.5″  Rockwell City 2.0″ Algona 4.0″    Carroll 1.2″ Pocahontas 3.0″   Audubon 1.0″ The Rest of Today The snow has moved on from Iowa, now impacting parts of Wisconsin and Michigan the day before Thanksgiving. If you plan on traveling today, you’ll run into some […]

  • More Sun, Dry Weather for Friday and the Weekend

    A cold front brought central Iowa anywhere from a .25″ to 0.90″ of rain late Wednesday and early Thursday, but the rain is now done and not in our forecast for the next three days. High pressure will move in late tonight which will bring much weaker wind, a clear sky, and colder temperatures for the start of Friday. Temperatures will fall into the teens and low 20s across the state. Friday will remain sunny and less windy, but with […]

  • Warmer Temperatures Coming for Iowa

    It’s no secret that it has been a cold November here in Iowa. We started the month off with highs in the 40s and with the exception of three days, Iowa has stayed in a deep freeze since then. This past week, central Iowa experienced the coldest temperatures of the season, in fact some cities also set record lows early Tuesday. Des Moines broke the old record of 4° set in 1986 with the new record low of -1°. Ames […]

  • Freezing Rain and Snow Expected Wednesday

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Pocahontas, Calhoun, Carroll, and Greene Counties until noon Wednesday. Light freezing rain is expected throughout the morning causing potentially slick roads across NW Iowa. Despite the sub-freezing surface temperatures, the air just above the surface is slightly above freezing. So when the snowflakes fall from the mid and upper levels to the lower levels these snowflakes melt. Of course, the road temperatures are already below freezing and so when these melted snowflakes […]

  • Snow and Wind to Impact Iowa Roads Sunday Night

    IOWA — A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect across much of central Iowa until noon on Monday. Snowfall and strong wind will bring significant impacts to central Iowa. Snow will continue to form across the Highway 20 corridor and expand south throughout the evening. Expect snow to start falling along Interstate 80 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday. Snowfall rates will pick up in central Iowa between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Not only is moderate snow […]

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